A Record-Shattering NASA Astronaut Returned to Earth

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 13:55

Peggy Whitson, a record-shattering NASA astronaut, touched down in Kazakhstan at 9:21 p.m. EDT alongside a fellow American and a Russian in their Soyuz capsule, wrapping up a record-breaking mission.

She spent 288 days, more than nine months, on this latest mission aboard the International Space Station, and has been away from earth for three long-duration missions, an accumulation of 665 days, longer than any American ever and more time than any woman worldwide, ND TV reports.

According to NASA, the US record she set in April leaves her eighth on the Russian-dominated all-time space endurance list, just behind Yurchikhin who has now logged 673 days. The biochemist completed a mission at the International Space Station that began in November 2016, covering 122.2 million miles (196.7 million kilometers) and 4,623 orbits of Earth.

She and crewmates Jack Fischer of NASA and Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russian space agency Roscosmos landed in Kazakhstan at 9:22 pm (0122 GMT Sunday) in a Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft.


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